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Pierre Bédard papers, 1919-1970

Summary Information


This collection contains the papers of Pierre Bédard including correspondence, photographs, and printed matter.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0095
Bib ID 4078419 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bédard, Pierre, 1895-1970
Title Pierre Bédard papers, 1919-1970
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language(s) English , French .

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Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged in one series.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, photographs, memorabilia, clippings and printed matter. The correspondence series includes letters from Charles Boyer, William J. Donovan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Paul Hazard, Cordell Hull, André Maurois, Edward R. Murrow and Thornton Wilder, mostly relating to Bédard's interest in Franco-American relations, as well as three letters from Calvin Coolidge to Bédard's father, J. Armand Bédard. In addition to transcripts of Bédard's broadcasts to France made over Columbia Broadcasting System between 1937 and 1940, the collection contains files from the French Military Mission to the United States during the second World War, the French Institute in the Unites States, and Parsons School of Design in New York City. The photographs series contains Bédard's photographs album from the first World War and photographs from the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pierre Bʹedard papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Pierre Bʹedard, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed TC 10/--/86.

Revision Description

2012-02-14 xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Hazard, Paul, 1878-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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World War, 1914-1918 -- Treaties Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Pierre Bʹedard received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1917; became assistant secretary to the American Delegation at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919; was analyst to France for Columbia Broadcasting System, 1937-1940; counselor to the French Military Mission to the U.S., 1943-44; Director of the French Institute, 1929-1952; and President of Parsons School of Design, 1952-1958.

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Series I: Pierre Bédard Papers, 1919-1970

Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Barzun, Jacques

Box 1 Boyer, Charles

Box 1 Coolidge, Calvin

Box 1 Coty, Rene

Box 1 Cousins, Norman

Box 1 Donovan, William J.

Box 1 Dulles, John Foster

Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Box 1 Eisenhower, Milton S.

Box 1 Flanner, Janet

Box 1 Hazard, Paul

Box 1 Kent, Rockwell

Box 1 Juin, Alphonse-Pierre

Box 1 Hull, Cordell

Box 1 Lodge, Henry Cabot

Box 1 MeCloy, John

Box 1 Maurois, Andre

Box 1 Moe, Henry Allen

Box 1 Murrow, Edward R.

Box 1 Paley, William S.

Box 1 Parsons, Geoffrey

Box 1 Wilder, Thornton

Cataloged Photographs

Box 6 Juin, Alphonse-Pierre

Box 1 Swanson, Gloria

Arranged Correspondence

Box 1 A - W

Box 1 Adam, George

Box 1 Alphand, Hervé

Box 1 Arnauld de la Pierre, Lothar von

Box 1 Bédard, Pierre (carbons)

Box 1 Bethouart, M.E.

Box 1 Bonnet, Henri

Box 1 Bosworth, Welles

Box 1 Dillon, Douglas

Box 1 Focillon, Henri

Box 1 Forbes, Malcolm

Box 1 Heckscher, August

Box 1 Leahy, William

Box 1 Lucet, Charles

Box 1 Morize, Andre

Box 1 Napoleon [Prince]

Box 1 Pell, Claiborne

Box 1 Weygand, [General]

Box 1 Miscellaneous


Box 1 "Art and Industry" (1931)

Box 1 [Bartholdi Exhibition]: (1936)

Columbia Broadcasting, Broadcasts to France

Box 1 1937-1940, Introduction

Box 1 1937

Box 1 1938

Box 2 1939

Box 2 1940

Box 2 Miscellaneous Items

Box 2 Translations, 1937-1940

Box 2 Jacques Kayser Interview


Box 2 Chamberlain, Neville

Box 2 Hitler, Adolf

Box 2 Hull, Cordell

Box 2 Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Box 2 "Design and Mass Culture" (1950)

Box 2 "Discussion of Rousseau's Project for a League to Enforce Peace"

Box 2 "Does an Industrial Society Need the Arts" (1965)

Box 2 "Education of a Designer" (1958)

Box 2 "Fireplug No. 1" (1949)

Box 2 "France and the French Today" (1942)

Box 2 Middlebury College Commencement Address (1954)

Box 2 Ripon College Commencement Address (1949)

Subject Files

Box 3 American Friends of Versailles

Box 3 Bédard, Gertrude. Biographical Information

Bédard, Pierre. Biographical Information

Box 3 Documents

Box 3 Documents, Military (WWI)

Box 3 World War I

Bédard, Pierre and Gertrude

Box 3 Luncheons and Dinners

Box 3 Guest Lists

The Century Association

Box 3 American Garlic Society

Box 3 Coffee House Club

Columbia Broadcasting

Box 3 Press Releases

Box 3 DeGaulle, Charles

Box 3 Federation de l'Alliance Francaise

Box 3 Federation of French Alliances

Box 3 France-America Society

Box 3 France-America Society, Bethouart Luncheon (1969)

Box 3 The French Institute

Box 3 The French Institute, Museum of French Art. Project Notes, Reports

French Military Mission (WWII)

Box 3 Correspondence

Box 3 Bédard, Pierre. Notebook & identification

Box 3 Bethouart, M.E. Biographical information

Box 3 Speeches

Box 3 Giraud, Henri

Box 3 Membership Lists

Box 3 Press Releases

Box 3 Harvard Round Table, 1942

Box 3 Institute of International Education

Box 3 Instituto de Puerto Rico

International Institute of American Civilization

Box 3 Correspondence

Box 3 By-laws, etc

Box 3 Lafayette Bicentennial

Box 3 National Student Federation of the U.S.A.

Box 4 The Parsons School

Box 4 Correspondence

Box 4 Audits & Budgets

Bédard, Pierre

Box 4 Speeches

Box 4 Travel

Box 4 Finances

Box 4 Heckscher, August. Speech

Box 4 Reports to Trustees

Box 4 Science for Humanity Congress

Box 4 University Club of Paris


Box 4 Alphand, Hervé

Box 4 Benda, Julien

Box 4 Bédard, Pierre (WWl)

Box 4 Bédard, Pierre and Gertrude Bédard

Box 6 Bethouart, M.E. (in Box 6)

Box 4 The Century Association, American Garlic Society

Box 4 Century Club Centennial (Coffee House Club)

Box 4 City Investing

Box 4 Columbia Broadcasting

Box 4 Federation of French Alliances

Box 4 The French Institute

Box 4 Giraud, Henri

Box 4 Howard, Cecil - sculpture

Box 4 Lafayette Bicentennial

Box 4 Middlebury College Commencement

Box 4 The Parsons School

Box 4 Pompidou, George

Box 4 Ripon College Commencement

World War I. Bédard Photograph Album (l) - (2)

Box 4 Paris

Box 4 Versailles

Box 4 Versailles Peace Conference

Box 4 Versailles Peace Conference, Military Staffs



Box 5 Presidential

Box 5 New York Society of Military and Naval Officers

Box 5 The Parsons School

Box 5 Programs and Menus

Box 5 Les amis déscoffier

Box 5 France-America Society

Box 5 Miscellaneous

Box 5 World War I


Box 5 Columbia Broadcasting

Box 5 Federation of French Alliances

Box 5 The French Institute

Box 5 Museum of French Art

Box 5 French Military Mission (WWII)

Box 5 The Parsons School

Box 5 Miscellaneous (l) - (2)

Printed Matter

Box 5 American Society for International Law

Box 5 The Century Association

Box 5 France-America Society

The French Institute

Box 5 General

Box 6 Bulletins (in Box 6)

Box 5 Museum of French Art

Box 5 Catalogues (l) - (2)

Box 6 Programmes (in Box 6)

Box 5 International Institute of American Civilization

Box 5 Lafayette Bicentennial

Box 5 The Parsons School

Box 5 Professional Children's School


Box 6 Marie [Queen of Roumania]. Ode to Roumania. (Paris, 1923)

Box 6 Price, G. Ward. Giraud and the African Scene. (New York, 1944)

Oversize Materials

Box 6 Cataloged Photograph: Juin, Alphonse-Pierre

Box 6 Photograph: Bethouart, M.E.

Printed Matter

Box 6 The French Institute, Bulletins

Box 6 Museum of French Art, Programmes